Gary Woods and Darian MacKinnon post match on Saturday

Web interviewer Martin McConnell caught up with Gary Woods & Dazzler after the game

Gary Woods

Thought’s on the performance today?

“First half we were poor. We weren’t at the races and we weren’t keeping the ball. The more we gave it away, their formation was hurting us. They controlled the game in the first half, and obviously scored the goal. The second half, we changed our formation to match theirs and they ended up changing again to sort of counteract ours. We were much better on the ball in the second half. We didn’t really create much, but when we did, we scored the goal and are pleased with the point and the all-round performance.”

It’s five games unbeaten now, has that given the side confidence?

“Yes, there’s no question about the talent inside the dressing room. I just think that we sometimes just don’t turn up enough, and I think we had a difficult run in which we had six defeats in a row, then a draw with Partick that steadied the ship. From there I think we’ve grown in confidence, and it shows today. That point today, probably last year we would have lost that by two or three. So, there is a different mentality in the team now and we’re looking up.”

How important was it to dig out a point after the win last week?

“Yes, I think it was. Everyone’s saying that because you got the result last week, you didn’t turn up this week. It wasn’t the best performance today but at the end of the day, you take the point against a very good Hibs team.”

From your point of view, you probably made three vital saves. Was that what you’d expect to do?

“Two of them were from our own mistakes, one not marking from a corner, which is our bread and butter really. We need to defend better and just stay with your man. The first one, Darian MacKinnon has passed it over the top or something and is a bit hesitant. So, they’re mistakes from our own mistakes really but that’s what I’m there to do, to make saves, and happy that we ended up getting a point.”

From your vantage point, can you see that the guys aren’t playing with confidence or trying things that they have done previously?

“Yes, I think so. There are occasions maybe against the big clubs where we wouldn’t get a foot on the ball and just knock it along and get out and then knock long. Whereas now we’ve grown in confidence as you’d have seen at Ibrox last week. You knew that in the second half today, people in the midfield and the defence would get their foot on the ball and make passes into midfield. It’s a lot easier for us because we’re not defending for the whole game, we’re causing people a lot of problems and long may it continue.”

How have things been around the club?

“Obviously the club had went through a difficult period with the money stuff, but it’s our job to continue playing games and getting results. We’re high in confidence having gone five unbeaten and played three of the top four in the last three games and we’ve got five points. So, for us it’s a massive achievement and we’ve got to continue with it.”

Do the lads speak about the financial situation not getting in the way of the football side of things?

“Yes, I think so. The owners spoke to us at length and told us that we’d always be paid and things like that. So, at the end of the day we have no concerns and know that our job is to go out and do our stuff on the pitch and I think we’ve done that.”

 

Darian MacKinnon

Thoughts on today’s game?

“I didn’t think that we were very good in the first half, but we had a better second half after we came back into it and I felt we certainly deserved the point.”

What did the manager say or change at half time that made the difference?

“We changed the shape in the second half, but I don’t think that was the reason. We didn’t pass the ball well enough in the first half and if you don’t do that well enough, the other side is always going to look much better than you. I think that was the case for most of the first half, but we changed that and managed to get our foot on the ball, changed the shape, and it worked out for us.”

What did you make of the equaliser?

“It was an excellent goal and as usual, was full of quality from Temps and Rojano does what he does. He’s a fox in the box, and managed to nip in and send his header over the keeper and in at the top corner.”

You’re unbeaten in five, does that take a bit of pressure off going into the next game?

“Yes and no. We like the pressure as it keeps you on your game. After the big win at Ibrox last Saturday, we needed a positive result today. And after the first forty-five minutes you wouldn’t have thought that was possible. It was good to keep the momentum going, so we’ll take the point and move on.